Christmas Gifts Around the World

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Christmas Gifts Around the World

Even though they say that this time of year is for being with family, eating turron and marzipan, let’s be honest: what we really enjoy the most is receiving the gifts that Santa Claus or the Three Wise Men have left for us! Well….for us and every child in the world. But, keep in mind that all Christmas presents aren’t delivered in the same way throughout the world. We have found some traditions that you might find amusing.

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Since When Is October 12 a National Holiday?

The following Wednesday, October 12 is a national holiday: as you well know, it is the commemoration of the day when Columbus discovered America, in 1492 (almost 520 years ago). Almost certainly, someone has told you that it was not Columbus, but the Vikings, who first reached America, but that is a separate issue and, given the fact that we have no proofs whatsoever of this, the official date of the discovery is still the one we celebrate.
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What you didn’t know about tennis

There are many things to wonder about during a tennis match – especially during one of those that go on for hours. From, “who came up with hitting a ball with a racket?” to “why is it so hard to keep track of the score?” or “do they have to grunt so loud when they hit the ball?” Well, have tried to come up with the answers. And it turns out some of them are pretty striking.
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10 things you didn’t know about Carnival

Carnival is coming, and with it the days of fun and costumes. We all know why they take place and what do they consist of. But we have come across some facts on it that are probably unknown to most of you. We are going to tell you 10 things about this celebration.

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Things you didn’t know about the Columbus’ Journey

The next 12th of October is the “Hispanic World Day” or, in other words, the anniversary of the discovery of America. Well… we assume you have been told this at school, and that you know all about Columbus’ history. Well, now that we’re considering it, maybe not all of it. There are some details that few people know about, and that are hard to explain. We are going to tell you some of them so that you can be taken for sages in the family reunions that will happen on this date. Pay attention and don’t miss a detail!

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Christmas Monsters & Demons

It might seem strange, but in some places in the world Christmas is also the time of demons and monsters that would seem more suitable to come out in Halloween than during the celebration of the birth of Baby Jesus. Many of them form some sort of ‘good cop/bad cop’ team with Santa, and are meant to punish children who have misbehaved during the year.
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Halloween, Spanish Style

Only recently have we started celebrating Halloween in Spain. True: it is not an official holiday, and some people don’t like it because it is “imported” or “disrespectful to the dead;” but it is also very popular and it becomes more so every year. In fact, it has been accepted to the point where, slowly, it has been “Hispanized.” Why is Halloween having so much success in Spain? We’ll tell you some of the reasons, both philosophical and practical.
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